City officials, King to discuss future of Triple Crown

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— There was a time when Triple Crown Sports tournaments in Steamboat Springs made up 25 percent to 30 percent of the sports-tourism company's business. But 27 years later, the Steamboat games are only the No. 4 revenue generator for a company that hosts major events in 250 U.S. cities.

President Dave King says it's time to decide whether Triple Crown has outgrown Steamboat.

"Steamboat is still very important to us," King said Wednesday. "But how long we can stay there is a question."

It's not the first time King has discussed the possibility of leaving. But King said he has never formally requested proposals from other communities that could replace Steamboat - until now.

City officials will take a road trip Friday that could play a major role in determining Triple Crown's future in Steamboat. City Council President Loui Antonucci, City Manager Alan Lanning, Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Director Chris Wilson and another council member will travel to Triple Crown headquarters in Fort Collins to meet King. It will be the first direct negotiations King has had with council members or a Steamboat city manger in recent memory.

"The dialogue has got lost over time," King said. "We're too substantial now - and you're too substantial to us - not to have dialogue with City Council. I've seen a new willingness to do that."

Antonucci said he is not sure why City Council has allowed the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to negotiate its contracts with Triple Crown for so long, but said City Council has to be at the table as the key decision maker to represent the broader interests of the community.

"I don't know when the last time the council was actually involved in talking with them," he said. "I think there's a huge communication gap."

Long-term needs

Triple Crown hosts baseball and softball tournaments in Northwest Colorado for several weeks during the summer and is a primary driver of the local summer economy. A study released in May by Denver-based consultants Corona Research found that Triple Crown brings about 32,000 visitors and $1.19 million in tax revenues to Northwest Colorado each summer. But the tournaments anger some residents who cite excessive traffic and noise concerns caused by the influx of summer visitors.

The debate has become particularly contentious in recent weeks because of Triple Crown's request to use fields at Emerald Park in 2009-10 as part of a contract extension. To date, the fields have been reserved for local use. But King and city officials said the parties have to do more than simply find a two-year fix for their relationship.

"I don't want to go down (to Fort Collins) to talk about two years," said Councilwoman Cari Hermacinski, who might join Friday's contingent and believes Triple Crown exceeded Steamboat's comfort level years ago.

If the city cannot accommodate Triple Crown's needs for 2011 and beyond, King said, there's no sense in making a short-term deal anyway. Specifically, those needs include a larger quantity of quality fields. There has been talk of a regional sports complex in Hayden, but little progress.

"Are these things the community wants to be responsible for," King asked. "Or is it something that should probably be done somewhere else?

"Do we fit into the long-term? Because if we don't, now's the time. It's time. : We have dealt with what moving on means."

King said he has grown tired of playing on fields scattered from Craig to Yampa, having his growth constrained by a lack of fields and driving in to town to be greeted by signs such as one that pictured three crossed-out crowns.

"You can't play both sides forever," King said. "You can't have all the tourists but none on the street. You can't fill the restaurants except when you're there. You have to make a decision of what you're going to be. That's tough for a small town. That's a tough struggle."

Hayden fields eyed

Antonucci said he understands King's business concerns and hopes to gain some insight Friday into his long-term plans.

"I think our intent is No. 1 to work a short-term solution and to at least get the discussion going about the long-term," Antonucci said. "Their competition is starting to gain on them. They need to figure out how they're going to grow their business. We as City Council don't know what their long-term plans are."

Antonucci said that, personally, he considers the loss of Triple Crown an unacceptable outcome.

"I think it would be really costly to this community," Antonucci said. "To go cold turkey would be really hard for a number of years."

Antonucci said he hopes an alternative that spares Emerald Park will, at least for the short term, reconcile a council currently split on the issue of Triple Crown. One such alternative is the use of fields at Dry Creek Park in Hayden, but the town does not have the money to complete them. At a meeting today of the Hayden Town Board, Town Manager Russ Martin will ask if the trustees want to send a letter to the chambers in Steamboat, Hayden and possibly Craig, requesting that businesses contribute money toward the $125,000 cost of completing the fields. The proposal faces a similar challenge as the Emerald Park idea, Martin said, because Dry Creek Park was intended for local use. But Martin said the Town Board might be willing to consider the idea if it means the fields get built.

"We didn't make a promise to anyone, but it was our intent to get these fields for our needs and capacity," Martin said. "That's our intent, but it's important for us to look at an opportunity."

Hermacinski said she would be open to Steamboat funding the completion of the fields if businesses will not. She said the sales tax Triple Crown generates for the city would make the investment a wise one, "especially if that money is going to a partner community in the valley."

Comments

addlip2U 6 years, 5 months ago

Why would we want to strip and destroy our natural land and built fields for Triple Crown Sports?
Let them fund and built it themselves if they want to come.

We don't build a building for any other company that wants to conduct a business for profit OR not for profit (i.e. Old Town Hot springs). And if we did, at least Old Town Hot Springs would provide a direct benefit to the local citizens more than Triple Crown, the invasion of noisy, polluting and disrespectful visitors trashing our valley, ever would.

"Steamboat is still very important to us," King said Wednesday. "But how long we can stay there is a question."

Have you considered that we may not want you to stay any longer Mr. King?

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jturbo 6 years, 5 months ago

Who is running this town Dave King and Triple Crown or City Council? As I wrote several years ago - we do not need Triple Crown for this town to survive. Mr King seems to think so but he is wrong. There are many other groups who would love to come to Steamboat and have the wonderful open fields and peaceful town to play in. Mr King threatend to pull triple Crown out before unless we built him several more fields to play on - now he wants Emerald Meadows - NO ! This field is for local residents. It was built and designed that way and promised to the locals it would stay that way. Let Mr King and Tripe Crown go. City Council and Chamber resorts needs to stand up and show some cajones and not be bullied by Triple Crown year after year when they keep coming back and asking for more and more. For Councilman Antonucci to say with the loss of Triple Crown to and going Cold turkey would be "Really hard" for a couple of years is also wrong. There will be so many people who want to come and visit and stay in Steamboat because of the Peaceful nature of the town. They will support the community in all aspects and even free up the softball fields for locals to go and play with their children in. People don't want to come to a town that is overridden with softball palyers - where as we can not drive thru town or get a parking space in town or not have beer spilled all over us at local eateries. The town WILL survive Trust me w/o Dave King and Triple Crown. Now is the time for City Council and Resort services to stand up and not be Bullied by Triple Crown. Now is the time for City Council to listen to the residents who live here year round and not just the few for a few weeks each summer. Listen to the people who voted you in City Council - NO MORE TRIPPLE CROWN !! J Nichols

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elkeye 6 years, 5 months ago

Hermacinski to Antonucci: "Triple Crown exceeded Steamboat's comfort level years ago".

If "King has grown tired of ... driving in to town to be greeted by signs such as one that pictured three crossed-out crowns", perhaps King would enjoy seeing a sign/bumber sticker on a thousand vehicles with three crossed-out crowns!

Earth to Antonucci: The only reason for going "cold turkey" is the total failure of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to develop a "Plan B" if talk of a pie-in-the-sky regional sports complex (aka "Triple Crown Complex") in Hayden fails.

What has the City of Steamboat Springs and/or Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association done in the last two years (or more) to plan for the demise of Triple Crown after expiration of the current contract extension in 2008?

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bocal 6 years, 5 months ago

Turbo and Addlip: I believe that you two are the loud minority on the issue of Triple Crown. Walk up and down the street today and ask every business owner what they would prefer; it will be in favor of Triple Crown. Go ask your peers what they want and they will likely say that yes, it's probably good for business and the economy. Maybe you haven't been in town while Triple Crown plays ball over the last 5 years, because it's NOT sofball, beer drinking adults (like the ski season). It's the youth of America coming to the boat and leaving with great memories of the valley. When they are older, they will visit this great land again-with thier kids (in the sacred winter too). Put the issue of TC to a local vote and get over it! If the voters say get rid of TC then let's toss them out... However, when the local majority steps up to vote YES on Triple Crown, you will be left to suffer with the crazy youth that eat at restaurants, scream at baseball fields, chase each other around the streets, clog lines at Wal-Mart and donate big money to the community. You can stay in your house up Burgess Creek and look down upon the nasty foreigners who keep Steamboat alive in the summer. And I hope you stay up their the rest of the year too.

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bocal 6 years, 5 months ago

Turbo and Addlip: I believe that you two are the loud minority on the issue of Triple Crown. Walk up and down the street today and ask every business owner what they would prefer; it will be in favor of Triple Crown. Go ask your peers what they want and they will likely say that yes, it's probably good for business and the economy. Maybe you haven't been in town while Triple Crown plays ball over the last 5 years, because it's NOT sofball, beer drinking adults (like the ski season). It's the youth of America coming to the boat and leaving with great memories of the valley. When they are older, they will visit this great land again-with thier kids (in the sacred winter too). Put the issue of TC to a local vote and get over it! If the voters say get rid of TC then let's toss them out... However, when the local majority steps up to vote YES on Triple Crown, you will be left to suffer with the crazy youth that eat at restaurants, scream at baseball fields, chase each other around the streets, clog lines at Wal-Mart and donate big money to the community. You can stay in your house up Burgess Creek and look down upon the nasty foreigners who keep Steamboat alive in the summer. And I hope you stay up their the rest of the year too.

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dawg 6 years, 5 months ago

blocal-Did you write the flowery article in the Pilot proclaining the wonderful gathering of the Hell's Angels annual meeting several years ago? We were told that they were going to be bringing their families, their children would be playing in our parks and all would be wonderful. Well, they stabbed a local in the bar, they shot two of their own, they held the medical response team and police at bay and they held the whole town as hostages in a surreal slice of bullying. People make economic sacrifices to live in Steamboat because it's a great place to live. There has always been a built-in caveat of supply and demand. If a business can't make it within this framework, they move on. When Tipple Crown goes and we lose a few restaurants and T-shirt stores, so be it. Steamboat Springs will be a healthier and happier place for those who love it for the right reasons.

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Harvey Lyon 6 years, 5 months ago

All Right City Council!!!!!

Thank You SO Much for finally giving this issue the attention and throughful consideration it deserve.

Well done my friends!!!!!!

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corduroy 6 years, 5 months ago

Why doesn't King come to Steamboat to speak to City Council. Doesn't the public of Steamboat deserve to be in on this discussion?

I assume our tax dollars will pay for the trip to Ft Collins.. whatever that includes..

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colobob 6 years, 5 months ago

Putting all your eggs in one basket has never been a smart move. Maybe now's a good time to look for a bunch of other baskets. Why not ask all those who aren't business owners what they think of TC? A vote sounds like a very good idea and one that would be fair to all.

Malcolm.........., Still counting?

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lovescolorado 6 years, 5 months ago

What is with you out of touch cynics?

Are you so disconnected or just mean?

Take a charity event for Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, or special concerts...pick one...for which sponsors are sought? How will these valued community events continue when small businesses have to cut their staff hours and can't afford to give next year.

Or what about you the Pilot? When advertising dollars get tight?

Or what about you bloggers who might ride the free bus and the city has to start charging for ridership or up local taxes because the loss of over a million dollars in sales tax means other pockets pay for services.

There have to be solutions to this beyond saying no! and good riddens.

Charity, taxpayer services and a healthy economy matter. It seems like a worthy thing to remind many of you about as you blog from your apparently very isolated viewpoints.

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Geary Baxter 6 years, 5 months ago

"Their competition is starting to gain on them. They need to figure out how they're going to grow their business. "

TC has competition? Hmm, interesting. I wonder who they are.

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Christina McLean 6 years, 5 months ago

I think this community would be surprised by the number of groups it can attract in the summertime more along the lines of arts, music, sports camps, events - how about a expanded weekly farmer's market? - that are lower impact on the "locals" yet still fill beds, still attract visitors to Main Street to shop and dine. I think you want to find a balance here in the summertime where the thought of the arrival of summer events doesn't send locals either packing for their month-long exodus from Steamboat or into the garage to make nasty (un)welcome signs. Cari Hermacinski is correct - the town exceeded it's comfort level with Triple Crown several years ago and it's probably time to split the sheets. Steamboat doesn't need to fear economic survival without Triple Crown. Yes, the economy is nearing a recession and oil/gas prices are at an all time high. But Steamboat can rest on its laurels too as great place to visit just for the incredible natural attributes it already has - great hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking terrain; a great place to just escape urban madness with your friends and family - not find more of it every weekend of the summer. I encourage Town Council to let the community give it a try.

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Harvey Lyon 6 years, 5 months ago

Mr_B,

TCS has significant competition coast to coast. And some of their competition is non-profit. Additionally, to be honest, our ball fields are lacking in quality and size for the oldr (13 and 14yr olds) as well as quantity.

What SBS has in July/August is good weather as opposed to the heat of elsewhere and of course it is different than Texas, Kansas, California, etc.......makes for a good family trip and vacation.

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contrarian 6 years, 5 months ago

After reading the posts here, I'm a convert. I think it would be much better to get rid of the 35,000 paying visitors that TC brings in to use our ballfields and replace them with 35,000 paying visitors who want to hike, bike, camp and fish. Afterall, that way the ball fields can sit empty, and we'll all be much happier sharing our trails, rivers and campgrounds with 35,000 additional visitors using those resources.

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animalfarm 6 years, 5 months ago

blocal-Did you write the flowery article in the Pilot proclaining the wonderful gathering of the Hell's Angels annual meeting several years ago? We were told that they were going to be bringing their families, their children would be playing in our parks and all would be wonderful.
dawg...you certainly have a different remembrance than I do. I remember articles referring to how police presence would need to be beefed up and our law enforcement getting suggestions from another Colorado town that had dealt with the Hell's Angels in a previous year. I remember NOTHING about families and children! I'm not sure, no matter where you dig, you could find a news story that makes any mention of their (the Hell's Angels) family and children!

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Scott Wedel 6 years, 5 months ago

The argument that Triple Crown needs Emerald Park or it will leave makes little sense. Events this big do not easily get and move. If there was another area with the advantages of Steamboat then Triple Crown would be negotiating with both to get the best deal. Or with their desire for growth, they'd probably use both cities.

Steamboat should stand up and say this is what you can use. Take it or leave it.

If Triple Crown and Steamboat is willing to pay to create fields in Hayden then that sounds like a good deal for Hayden.

Triple Crown should be welcomed, but Steamboat should be willing to call their bluff. If Triple Crown wants to threaten to leave then the Chamber should be talking to other tournament organizers about hosting their events in Steamboat. Maybe they'll find a company happy to have as many, but not every, field in the area. Maybe they'll find a company that realizes that the Steamboat Springs location is an important draw.

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elkeye 6 years, 5 months ago

bocal...Triple Crown Sports is for-profit baseball & softball in Steamboat Springs!

TRIPLE CROWN MOUNTAIN MAGIC - is an Adult Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament on the 4th of July weekend (07/04/08-07/06/08).

You and I can agree on one thing, however.

"Put the issue of TC to a local vote and get over it! If the voters say get rid of TC then let's toss them out..."

Perhaps the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association will have its members circulate a citizen petition to put the issue of Triple Crown on the ballot.

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sportzmama 6 years, 5 months ago

WOW, I've been away for awhile! Did anyone stop to think the council might be going to FTC because, ummm maybe there's a TC Board Meeting, or??? You do not know why Dave King isn't coming up here. I doubt it's because he snapped his finger and it was done. Try to be intelligent in your blogs, or it just makes the population here look un-informed. I for one will be very very sad if TC leaves Steamboat. I agree that the population it brings is as family oriented as the population we get here in the Winter. Steamboat is a great summer baseball/softball destination spot because of the temperature and lack of humidity. It also makes for some fun for players as the ball flies further up here in higher higher altitude. So all of you TC haters - what about the fact that Wonderful Interwest has AGAIN raised Season pass prices to over $1,000 for the "Ultimate" pass? Why aren't they being crucified? This is not just a ski town anymore - we should embrace that diversity - which, by the way this town has a hard time doing.

Don't bring in any more wine festivals, or music series that the normal resident can't afford!!!

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corduroy 6 years, 5 months ago

they talk about it every year, and STILL every year Triple Crown is here. I'd love to think that this year might be the year things change, but I really doubt it. All people seem to see are dollar signs.. not any other impacts.

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ColoradoNative 6 years, 5 months ago

Well King has made his position clear. He's shopping around.

Steamboat should do the same. It's the reasonable thing to do. We can attract various groups here. Sometimes you have to take a step back to get ahead.

Are we really going to whore ourselves out to this arrogance?

I'm not saying there isn't some common ground here but come on folks. This is some beautiful country of Colorado we're talking about.

I suppose King could take his little business to Pueblo.

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Christina McLean 6 years, 5 months ago

Contrarian, your assumption that substituting a different summer guest for a Triple Crown visitor equates dollar-to-dollar to the same number of people (35,000 for another 35,000) is not well thought out and reactionary. And Sportzmama, why is your assumption that all cultural events have to be out of reach to a locals' wallet? I agree with elkeye, put it to a vote and let the people decide.

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Harvey Lyon 6 years, 5 months ago

Hey Folks, "Votes" cost a lot of money these days. And folks generally vote their heart not their research......this is a business discussion....as well as a quality of life issue.

I think that the fact that the City Council....at least part of it...is researching.....is a great....absolutely great thing. We absolutely need the sales tax and we absolutely need the gross $$$. But we absolutely need to maintain the thing that makes us unique and "a town with a ski resort" that is Steamboat Springs.

This truly is a first and an educational (I hope) visit for our council on a very very serious issue.

I urge everyone to encourage their Council member to attend and learn the facts....of which there are many and most not available here.

Cheers

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Neil O'Keeffe 6 years, 5 months ago

ENOUGH ALREADY!! Isn't every one sick and tired of the same or regurgitation avery 2 years?

ONCE AND FOR ALL LETS PUT IT TO A VOTE!

How do we get a petition started without waiting for the CC or Chamber to initiate it? Lets get it on the ballot this fall. If it is truly a vocal minority that want to bid fairwell to TC then lets find out, me thinks the vocal minority is relying on our inabliity to get organized and actually take a stand.

INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING ABOUT IT LETS ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING!! IS ANYBODY WITH ME??? BELIEVE!!!!

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OnTheBusGus 6 years, 5 months ago

Granny, The fields could be groomed and used for skate and cross country skiing in the winter, maybe even space for an ice rink. Imagine that in Hayden, would be fun!!

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colobob 6 years, 5 months ago

there's one right here in SB on 911 Lincoln Ave.

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bocal 6 years, 5 months ago

Dawg and Farm: Silly rabbits, Hell's Angels are for Sturgis... Nope, it wasn't me that wrote the flowery article giving the Angels a pat on the back. Anybody that thought the Hells Angels would be a good fit for Steamboat need to look no further than their name. It's got the word HELL in it for Heaven's sake! The Hells Angels and Triple Crown shouldn't even be in the same paragraph, let alone sentence. You're talking about a lawless motorcycle gang and a organized youth team???

Anyways, in 1,000 years when the tectonic plates decide to shift and the earth swallows up the boat, you and I will be mere dust and gone. The oceans will drown emerald park, glaciers will freeze over Storm Peak and Triple Crown will bloom in another epoch.

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playa46 6 years, 5 months ago

As part of STMBT, I too hate Triple Crown. And besides, there's a lot of other huge events that steamboat can get. And like coloradonative says: "Well King has made his position clear. He's shopping around. Steamboat should do the same. It's the reasonable thing to do. We can attract various groups here. Sometimes you have to take a step back to get ahead."

I mean come on, Steamboat has a huge Ski Mountain and Steamboat is famous. When a new kid moves to my school from somewhere like NY, they always say "I have always wanted to move to Steamboat."

WE DO NOT NEED TRIPLE CROWN TO SURVIVE!!!!!!!!!

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another_local 6 years, 5 months ago

Playa: "There's a lot of other huge events that Steamboat can get."

Name one.

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Neil O'Keeffe 6 years, 5 months ago

Why has my post been ignored by the last 5 posters? TALK IS CHEAP!! I'm beginning to think that bloggers can only really complain in annonimity and are too spineless to take action when it really means something. Yadah, Yadah, Yadah! SHUT UP OR PUT UP. Believe!

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contrarian 6 years, 5 months ago

another local: You're such a pessimist.
If you look higher on the blog here, Scott Wedel and other rocket scientists offer a number of maybes for how to replace the lost dollars if TC leaves. I showed this blog to my banker and accountant today to see if we could use maybes to pay employees and creditors. They seemed doubtful, but what do they know compared to the geniuses here.

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contrarian 6 years, 5 months ago

rokboat: You're right. We shouldn't ignore you. Shut up!!!

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grannyrett 6 years, 5 months ago

Does it make sense to build parks that are not needed for anything other than Triple Crown? How many ball parks does the town itself need? If extra parks are built, just for Triple Crown, will they just sit empty the rest of the year? It takes money for the upkeep on all those parks. Water, landscaping, someone to mow the grass. It isn't just a matter of building more ballfields. It's a matter of is there a need for them other than just Triple Crown. You could build parks from here to Craig, but if there is no use for them other than when TC is here is is financially crazy to do so.

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jturbo 6 years, 5 months ago

bocal I think that you would be very surprised at the amout of locals who would vote for Triple Crown to exit Steamboat. Yes there is some benifit to Triple Crown coming to the Boat. Yes the local t-shirt shop owners and restaraunts on Lincoln ave want to keep triple crown but when is enough from Dave King? Where does this stop? Triple Crown is for profit business and Mr King keeps coming back to Steamboat and threatening to leave because we have catered to him for way too many years. Let him take his threats and go. Lets take it to vote and leave it t that.
Let this be the final word.

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ColoradoNative 6 years, 5 months ago

I think a transition to Hayden works. They have plenty of available land for ball parks. Hayden? Where you at? You guys want TD in your town?

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Christina McLean 6 years, 5 months ago

rokboat, typically you have to get a certain minimum percentage of signatures of registered voters to place an item on the ballot and then wait for the next general election date - November. Sometimes council has to approve, but check with county clerk for clarification. Go get 'em.

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playa46 6 years, 5 months ago

Another_Local, First of all, we have the mountain and Winter Sports Club to keep us alive during the winter. For the summer, we could have some more bycicle tournaments or something like that (although Ride the Rockies comes every now and then.) STMBT could also get more running tounaments. We could also get circuses like Cirqe de Soley or whatever it is called. We could even open a new ski mountain like we tried to do with Catamount. Huge malls, more condos, even simple things such as eating contests could get people to come to STMBT. Yes, Triple Crown is huge, but we don't need it to survive. We had a record breaking season this year, which drew many people do STMBT, we have lots of people come here on a bad year anyway. So basically, the mountain already gives us a lot of money. When new kids come to STMBT in my class, they all say "Ya, I have always wanted to go to STMBT" and they live somewhere in NY. We don't need Triple Crown, although it does boost our economy. But, that's my opinion.

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SilverSpoon 6 years, 5 months ago

This issue should be resolved by segregation. Locals who truly despise tripple crowners should:

1: not rent their condos to them 2: Refuse to serve them at their restaurants 3: refuse to sell them ground beef at the grocery store 4: make howlsen a pay parking lot

While doing these things by day, go ride the hot springs trail in the afternoon, and commute via bicycle down the bike path. I guarantee you will not cross paths with any marco-polo playing, bat swinging, sunflower seed chewing TC'ers

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424now 6 years, 5 months ago

Thread,

Now this littinay of complaints just says just about all anyone needs to know about the lovely little town of Steamboat Springs Colorado.

Silver,

You actually think those are good suggestions don't you.

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SilverSpoon 6 years, 5 months ago

I think all my ideas work together:

First, The tripple crowners will be forced out of condo land and into the holiday inn, super 8 or even the rabbit ears hotel.

Second, They will go to the super market to buy ground beef for their BBQ, and it won't be sold to them.

Third They will try to go out to the restaurants since they can't BBQ. And go hungry.

Fourth Their TC caravan will then have to pay $10/vehicle to park at howlsen after plugging up our beloved lincoln ave.

After they see how inhospitable steamboat is, they will hightail it back to texas or california with their tails of how steamboat has lost its western hospitality and charm.

And the locals win, just like in the movie: "hot dog".

Just a recap of the winners: SSWSC makes $10/vehicle for parking The chain hotels get epic summer of room occupancy

The rest turn away all revenue.

Face it: Money talks, the rest.....

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SilverSpoon 6 years, 5 months ago

Is this:

http://www.steamboatbrewersfestival.com/tickets.html

one of the ways to get 35,000 visitors to replace TC? Tour de brewer, $25 at the door: 6x5oz = 30oz < 2 pints $12.5/pint

Sure the real brew fest was out of hand, but why not charge market value for beer at the door.
How about $10 entry fee to try 2 pints worth of beer; and $1 for each additional 5oz. Even the lay-tourist will feel ripped off by such an event. Steamboat is as corporate as it gets! Next year they should charge a "cover" at slopeside, so at least you know what you are paying for.

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colowoodsman 6 years, 5 months ago

Why not vote city council OUT of the tourist business? The out of town investors that just LOVE all the free help they get from the City would not be too happy and they just MIGHT start leaving us alone.

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ybul 6 years, 5 months ago

If TC leaves because the competition is catching up, would one of their competitors want to come in on a smaller scale?

Many of the TCers, would most likely want to still come to Steamboat Springs to play ball. It is not just the event but the venue.

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